Comic books and TV canon sometimes don’t share the same facts, mostly for the sake of the adaptation to certain media, or the creators just want to differentiate from the source material and create something original. In terms of Supergirl, her story has changed so many times since her appearance in DC Comics in 1959, and with her origins changes, her place of living and activity also changed. Since her death in ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths,’ Kara Zor-El has been moved from city to city many times, including in the Arrowverse TV show. So in which city does Supergirl live?
Pre-Crisis Supergirl was based in Midvale and later moved to San Francisco, Athens, New York City, and Chicago. New Earth Supergirl was based in Metropolis as her cousin Superman in the 2000s, but New 52 and DC Rebirth put Supergirl in National City, the same place the Arrowverse Supergirl was based since the first season that aired in 2015. DC writers decided to take in Kara Zor-El’s origins story from the ‘Supergirl’ show, which is the current canon for the character in DC Universe.
CW and its Arrowverse had many flaws, but some ideas stayed, and it seems that the ‘Supergirl’ TV show did help develop Supergirl’s character but was quite inconsistent since ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths.’ We will explain this in more detail, so stay with us until the end.
Where does Supergirl live in the show?
We already mentioned the flaws of every Arrowverse show, but unironically, the ‘Supergirl’ TV show was the best thing that happened to Kara Zor-El’s character. When Kara Zor-El was killed during the ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths,’ Supergirl was quite popular, but some of the DC executives felt that Supergirl needed to be killed for Superman to shine.
That eventually happened, and since then, we haven’t heard much about the character until the middle of the 2000s, specifically in the ‘Superman/Batman’ comic book series, when we meet a new, reimagined Supergirl, who is set in Metropolis. She eventually takes on the alias of Linda Lang, Lana Lang’s niece, and continues to protect and live in the city that was at first protected by her cousin Superman.
In 2015, we got the first live-action Supergirl project since the movie of the same name in 1984, initially developed by CBS, then moved to the CW network. In the pilot, we learn that Kara was sent by her parents from the dying planet Krypton, but on the way to Earth, she got sucked into the Phantom Zone, where she slept for 24 years. Eventually, her pod activated once again, and Kara finally arrived on Earth, where she was adopted and raised by the Danvers Family.
The family of scientists and doctors, Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers, with their daughter Alex, lived in Midvale, the small town on the outskirts of Metropolis.
This is the town where Kara Danvers grew up, but eventually moved to National City with her sister Alex to start a new life – she graduated from National City University and got a job at CatCo, as the assistant of Cat Grant.
After the ‘Crisis,’ which saw the almost destruction of the Multiverse, Earth-1 became Earth-Prime, and Supergirl continued to live in National City and be the protector of it with the rest of the universe.
What city does Supergirl protect?
We already mentioned that Supergirl’s origin story changed many times in DC Comics. Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was the last survivor of Argo City on planet Krypton who drifted into space and ended up on Earth to be raised by her cousin, Kal-El.
During that time, Superman used Kara as a “secret weapon,” who only got involved when the Earth’s superheroes needed help. This version of Kara lived in many United States cities, including Midvale, a small town on the outskirts of Metropolis, San Francisco, New Athens, New York City, and Chicago.
Kara Zor-El moved all over the country but after her tragic death during ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths,’ Supergirl’s character we knew of was no more. However, with her comeback and retconned origins story, Supergirl of New Earth also changed her whereabouts.
Supergirl wasn’t based in Midvale and other cities, but in Metropolis, with her cousin Superman, who was now younger than her – the previous version of Kara was always younger than her cousin, but that was retconned.
However, New 52 and the release of ‘Supergirl’ TV show prompted the DC writers to connect two projects and take over Supergirl’s origin story with minor changes. The New 52 and Arrowverse show put Kara Zor-El in National City due to the connections to the ‘Supergirl’ TV show, and since then, the current version of Kara Zor-El in DC Universe is based in the National City.
National City is the main base Supergirl in DC Comics, where she lives and protects, but since she joined the Justice League and other superhero groups, Kara has protected the whole universe with her cousin and other DC superheroes.
It seems that this origin story will stay for Supergirl for now, and hopefully, the character won’t be once again changed since she is in a very good state – she is still trying to find herself in DC Universe, but it’s still more concrete when we first saw her as the returnee to main DC continuity.
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